The enduring mystery of Tom Mboya killer

Tom Mboya (centre). He was charismatic and had great organisational skills, and quickly established himself as the dominant African nationalist. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Njenga confided to the warder that on July 5, the day he pulled the trigger on the Cabinet minister, he and two other people had trailed Mboya from morning.
  • The killers packed their vehicle at an angle where they could have shot the minister but hesitated on finding the parking ground crowded by a group of tourists.
  • Four days later, Njenga was picked by police from his office a few steps across the road from where he shot Mboya.

Working on a story of Tom Mboya’s 1969 assassination at a previous anniversary, two things struck me as strange. One, the story of the man who fired the killer shot — Nahashon Isaac Njenga — and two, the conduct of his trial at the High Court.


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